Spots in Ito / Izu-kogen Highlands Area

  • Izu Granpal Amusement Park
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    4.0
    321 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1090
    A theme park situated along National Route 135 in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds, equivalent to five Tokyo Domes, are dotted with sports facilities. The park features 14 varieties of athletic equipment and fun attractions for children and adults such as Battle King, where visitors can climb in a robot and fight each other; Water Balloon where you can jump in a giant clear ball and walk on water; and Zip Line, where you can fly through the air sliding down a metal wire. There’s also a park golf course and other entertaining facilities; there’s tons of fun things to do for people of all ages! For visitors with dogs, there’s a restaurant where you can eat together (terrace seating only), attractions you can ride together, and a dog run.

    もっと楽しめたはずが息子が早めに帰りたいと言って、せっかく買った回数券を人に挙げるハメになりましたが、大きなスライダーとか楽しかったです。バス代含めて結構かかったんですが、やっぱり夜の部にいないとコスパという意味では近場の大きな公園でも十分かもしれません。 Enjoyed the big slider and a giant maze. If your kids like dinosaurs...

  • Izu Teddy Bear Museum
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    4.0
    174 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1064-2
    A museum located a 10 minute walk from Izu-Kogen Station designed around the concept of a “teddy bear house.” The museum features numerous displays, including “Teddy Girl,” an early teddy bear produced by the German Steiff firm which is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, rare antique bears, and works by teddy bear makers from around the world. The brick exhibition hall is modeled after an English country home. There’s also a courtyard filled with cute bears and a tea room with comfortable terrace seating, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a truly fairy tale-like atmosphere.

    Besides Teddy bears, they have other exhibits eg. Tottoro. Really lovely museum to go. You can go to the tea room next door after your visit.

  • Tokaikan Former Ryokan
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    4.0
    143 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Higashimatsubarachou 12-10
    Tokaikan Former Ryokan was built in 1928. This is a three-storey wooden hot spring ryokan (Japanese inn) which retains strong traces of the architectural style of the early Showa period. The building was donated to Ito City after the ryokan closed in 1997, and in 2001 it was transformed into a sightseeing and cultural establishment. The fine techniques of craftsmanship on such as the corridor, stairs, the entrance to the guest rooms and the decorative windows are a must-see. The baths are open for bathing on weekends and public holidays.

    とても美しい外観と共に、中のお部屋が私の田舎の部屋を見ているようで懐かしく、本当に素晴らしいお部屋でした! This really attractive building is worth going inside. Its only about 2 Euro/dollar. You can take a big bath with some extra change. Rooms...

  • Akazawa Onsen Day-trip Bathing
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Akazawa Utsuyama 170-2
    This is a hot spring bathing facility with no accommodation within the Akazawa Onsen Kyo complex, a resort facility run by DHC Corporation in Akazawa in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The large outdoor baths that face onto the Pacific Ocean are constructed to look like they are one with the sea and you can enjoy a sense of liberation enveloped in the sea while soaking up the panoramic view. There is a wealth of baths including a jacuzzi, baths in which you can life flat out and DHC baths in which you can try out DHC bath products. It adjoins such facilities as a rest area (free of charge), a restaurant with a sea view, a souvenir shop and a relaxation area. Visitors can forget their everyday lives and relax for the whole day.

    DHCが運営している日帰り温泉施設内のレストランです。メニューは料理内容はいいですが、行った時、ちょうど中休みで、しばらくは入れませんでした。通しで営業してほしいですね。

  • Izu Shaboten Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1317-13
    A theme park located in the Futo area of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture where visitors can experience a variety of plants and animals. In addition to 1,500 varieties of cacti and succulents gathered from around the world, the park also keeps and displays 120 species of animals, including cute capybaras. The park is famous for its capybara “rotenburo” (“open-air bath”) in winter, in which capybaras warm themselves in a piping hot bath. The park’s five greenhouses present cacti growing in emulations of South American, African, and other environments, and visitors can enjoy viewing rare species as well as cactus flowers. The park’s animal shows and opportunities for visitors to feed animals are also popular.
  • Izu Kogen no Yu
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1180
    A popular day trip bathing facility located a five minute walk from Izu-Kogen Station where visitors can enjoy a hot spring bath surrounded by a gorgeous forest. The facility’s forest of mixed trees is dotted with natural stone open air baths, and bathers can take in the nature while soaking in hot spring waters. The facility also provides free facial pack mud which can be worn while bathing. Visitors are free to enjoy any of the facility’s library of 6,000 manga comics volumes in the lounge while relaxing in a massage chair or outdoor hammock. There’s also a restaurant serving Izu Kogen Beer, fisherman’s rice topped with seafood, and other tasty dishes.

    This onsen at Itō City in Izu Peninsula is the last part of my Mount Fuji day trip with Japanese friends. We visited at a Sunday night, and I was probably the only foreigner that night. As a Filipino...

  • Jogasaki Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
    This coastal area southwest of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture was formed some 4,000 years ago when Mt. Omuro erupted and lava flowed into the ocean, after which the waves eroded the rock over many years, creating rough and precipitous cliffs. There is a nine kilometer long “Picnical Course” hiking trail following the peninsula renowned as a key sightseeing destination in Izu. Notable locations along the course include the thrilling 48 meter long, 23 meter high Kadowaki Suspension Bridge and the Kadowakisaki Lighthouse, which also has a viewing platform for visitors. In addition to offering beautiful views of the Seven Islands of Izu, the area is also a popular diving spot.
  • Izu Kogen Stained Glass Museum
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Kawana 1439-1
    Located in a perfect location overlooking the sea is this stained glass museum in Kawana, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. With a church and chapel contained within, there is precious stained glass from the 19th century given by the UK to be found throughout the building. The museum is a glorious space in which the soul is soothed by the rays of sunshine pouring through the stained glass windows, the soft light of the lamps and by the scent of the incense. Unexpected moments can be enjoyed while listening to the sounds of the music box and pipe organ. On site is an Italian restaurant run by chef Yukio Ishizaki and also a wedding venue.

    I am not an expert on stained glass, but I found the building elegant, the gardens pretty and the overall atmosphere enchanting. Many stained glass windows on display are old works from Europe...

  • Ito Marine Town Rest Area
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 571-19
    This rest area situated along National Route 135 in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture is comprised of a group of colorful buildings facing the sea. Inside, the facility bustles constantly with tourists, and visitors will find restaurants where they can enjoy local fish and beer as well as souvenir shops offering an abundant variety of local Izu goods. Many of the facility’s restaurants allow visitors to be accompanied by their pets in terrace seating areas, making this rest area a popular destination for tourists traveling with their dogs. The rest area’s footbath, situated along the marina, is free to use, and there’s even a footbath area for dogs. Pleasure cruises departing from the arena give riders the chance to enjoy the sights of the Izu sea from the deck or via windows under the water line. The rest area’s day trip hot spring facility is also popular.
  • The Cat Museum
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    2.5
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1759-242
    This museum features exhibits on extinct cat species and the world of wild cats, a collection of fairy tale and cat-themed artwork from around the world, and more. It also offers a petting gallery where visitors can relax alongside 40 cats representing around 20 kinds. The popular museum is visited by more than two million people. Visitors will see a whole new side to cats that is surprisingly profound.

    I enjoy my visit here, there are specimens of different tigers and lions, and of course there are the cats. The are friendly enough if u are patient and let them settle down. There are a few that...

  • Mt. Omuro
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
    This is a mountain of 580 meters above sea level in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. There is a crater on the summit with a diameter of about 300 meters, and you can also enjoy walking around the circumference of the crater. The purpose of “Yamayaki” (burning the dead grass off a mountain) which has been done for more than 700 years was in order to obtain Japanese nutmeg which was formerly used as animal feed for livestock. Nowadays, it is done on the second Sunday in February every year, and many people visit for sightseeing. The mountain was designated as a Natural Monument of Japan in 2010.
  • Mt. Omuro Lift
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Ike 672-2
    Covered by greenery year round, 580 meter tall Mt. Omuro resembles an overturned Japanese bowl. The mountain serves as a symbol of the city of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Mt. Omuro Lift connects the foot of the mountain and its top, and riders can enjoy a spectacular view during the approximate six minute ride. Note that climbing the mountain on foot is prohibited. The top of the mountain is a 300 meter diameter extinct volcanic crater. Walkers along the Ohachi-meguri trail, which circles the crater, can see the Akaishi Mountains, Mt. Fuji, and the Seven Islands of Izu. Each year on the second Sunday in February, a breathtaking controlled burn is conducted on the mountain. On New Year’s Day, many visitors come to watch the sunrise from the top of the mountain, and the lift begins operation from 5:40 am on the day.
  • Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Totari 614
    This is a private art museum located in Ito City, Shizuoka which focuses on 20th century contemporary art. This museum was established in 1975 by Eiichi Ikeda, the founder of NICHIREKI CO.,LTD. It has a collection of approximately 1,400 works of fine art and sculptures created in the 20th century with an emphasis on the theme of “human”; it also possesses works by famous painters including Renoir, Bonnard and Picasso. If you get in touch in advance, the curator or a member of staff will explain about a piece of work.

    small, but with great modern art collection. worth a visit. also the restaurant on the opposite street is a nice place to check.

  • Usami Beach
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Usami
    The spacious and open Usami Beach has a wide and shallow sand beach stretching 1.5 kilometers, located just next to the parking lot, so it is quite popular. The sea opening is from mid July to late August, with sea guards on constant watch during this period. You can enjoy surfing in the mornings and evenings too.

    My father was born here. He was working in Tokyo, and returned to the area after his retirement. Not much of attraction nor place of interest. Still, I feel at home here. Nice view and relaxing...

  • Izu Kogen Beer Honten
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    3.5
    110 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1103
    A restaurant serving local seafood and Izu Kogen Beer located in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture adjoining a brewery. The “ryoshi meshi” fisherman’s rice, made with hearty portions of fresh seafood, is particularly popular, as are the lunchtime rice bowl set meals piled high with thick chunks of seafood and salted salmon roe. The restaurant also serves a wide variety of a la carte dishes, such as batter fried seafood, turban cooked in its own shell, and stewed local splendid alfonsino. The restaurant offers six thirst-quenching and highly individual Izu Kogen Beer varieties straight from the brewery. From the first floor tables, diners can observe a section of the brewery.

    Our family was traveling from Tokyo to Shimoda when we came across this restaurant. I was lucky that my wife volunteered to drive to our hotel. This restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and...

  • Museum of Ivory and Stone Sculpture - jewelpia
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1096-1
    Jewelpia is a museum focusing on ivory carvings and natural jewels, located in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The importing of ivory is currently prohibited under the Washington Convention. The museum is known to be a valuable art museum throughout the world. The museum houses about 270 exhibits all of which are national treasures, including about 120 ivory carvings from China, a jade sculpture, folding screens studded with jewels, and art works from Asia. Another must-see in the museum is the world’s largest natural folding screen inlaid with more than 1,500 precious stones. There is also an area where visitors can have a go at making their own bracelets and gel candles.

    伊東から中伊豆方面に行く途中、女房殿の希望で、当該館に入館する。2度目ですが、象牙、石の彫刻物、素晴らしいです。案内の方がおり、簡単に説明をうける。詳細は、すでにUPしているので書かないが、どれも感動ものです。写真撮影はOKなので、今回、沢山撮りました。お土産は、虎目石のブレスレットを購入する。。

  • Yokohama Fujiyoshi Izu Branch
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo 1305-8
    This is a hot-spring inn located in Futo, Ito City. The hot spring is highly regarded because the raw source is pumped from underground to the bathtub without touching the air and bathers can enjoy the natural water. In addition, luxurious seafood dishes are offered for breakfast and dinner. The fresh sashimi vividly served in the wooden boat-like containers is a feast for the eyes. Sometimes there is a display of a whole tuna being sliced.

    We stayed here just one night but it was a special event- we arrived at 3 to make the most of visiting the onsen dotted around the grounds. Without a car it would be difficult to get to as it isvery...

  • Izu Crafthouse
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka prefecture Ito city Omuro Kogen 8-531
    This glass making experience facility in Omuro Highland, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture is situated in a beautiful location overlooking the sea. One can choose from four experiences including glass blowing, glass beads, decorative beads and sandblasting, and create a one-of-a-kind item under the instructors’ tuition. Time required depends on the course, from 15 minutes to 90 minutes. Aside from glass blowing, each of the experiences allows one to take home their finished item. Prior bookings get priority. Pets can be brought in if they are in a pet carrier or pet cart.

    My partner and I signed up for the glass blowing activity. We paid and filled out a shipping slip because our stuff wouldnt be ready until after we would be gone (not sure if they do international...

  • Ito Marine Town Rest Area Seaside Spa
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 571-19
    A day trip Japanese-style bath facility located in the Ito Marine Town Rest Area in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. At this popular spa visitors can easily enjoy the therapeutic effects of a natural hot spring bath fed continuously by waters welling up from 1,000 meters below the ground. There is a stepped indoor bath with a sweeping view of the beautiful ocean outside, an airy outdoor bath surrounded by south sea plants, an aroma bath, and more. There’s also a lounge and relaxation facilities. Open from 5:00 a.m., early morning visitors can enjoy a spectacular sunrise from the baths.

    伊東マリンタウン内の温泉です。 海が見えます。 サウナもありますが、風呂の種類はそれ程多くありません。 料金は朝風呂が大人600円で、普通の時間帯が1000円、18:00以降は900円です。 休憩所や食堂もあるのでゆっくり過ごす事が出来る施設です。 東側を向いているので朝風呂は日の出が見られるのではないかと思います。

  • Music Box Museum of Izu
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 1191-1
    Located about six minutes on foot from Izu-Kogen Station, this museum focusing on antique music boxes has about 130 items including mechanical instruments such as self-playing pianos and pipe organs, and gramophones. Mechanical instruments, precious cylinder music boxes and disk music boxes come to life and play in the museum eight times a day. You can enjoy the beautiful sounds of these music boxes as well learning about the more than 200 year old history of these fascinating instruments. There is also a workshop where you can have a go at making your very own handcrafted music box. Small pets are allowed into the museum provided they are carried.

    This was listed as one of the places of interests on the Izu peninsula. We were nearby when my youngest son, aged 9, said he was interested to visit. We decided to give it a try and discover what...

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With the giant Pacific Ocean to the south and the great Mount Fuji to the north, Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with some of the best views the country has to offer. The white sand beaches of the Izu Peninsula are a rare find on mainland Japan, neighbored by beautiful cliffs, tumbling hills, and natural hot springs. As Japan’s largest producer of green tea, the age-old tradition of tea drinking is ubiquitous in Shizuoka, from the miles of tea fields to the old tea houses hosting traditional tea ceremonies.

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